Deputy President William Ruto continued his opposition to the Building Bridges Initiative over the weekend by going directly at President Uhuru Kenyatta. Ruto, who was speaking in Kirinyaga County said the initiative was being used to please ODM leader Raila Odinga and not to address the problems facing Kenyans.
Ruto said the quest for constitutional change was being fronted so as to cater for the needs of Mr Odinga, whom he claims wants to take power through the back door at the expense of country’s development.
According to Ruto, the BBI team ought to pursue Raila, and ask him the changes he requires in the Constitution, instead of railroading Kenyans who have other important needs.
In yet another of his continuous attacks on Raila, the DP said the Opposition chief should state what he wants to be changed in the country’s supreme law so that he can accept electoral defeat in 2022.
“BBI should ask him what he needs to be changed in the Constitution for him to accept the outcome of elections,” Ruto said, adding that Kenya should be spared the constitutional drama.
The BBI comprises a joint task force set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga. It has been collecting views of Kenyans regarding the issues which need to be addressed and considered while amending the constitution. One of the proposals which has been rattling the DP is the expansion of the executive, which according to Ruto’s camp, is meant to create positions for political rejects.
Speaking on Sunday during a prayer service at the Our Lady of Sorrows, Baricho Catholic Parish in Kirinyaga County, the Deputy President blamed ODM leader Raila Odinga for his incessant and irritating calls for the change of the Constitution.
He cautioned Jubilee against entertaining the debate for the referendum, saying it may impede its development agenda.
Leaders accompanying him were MPs John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), George Macharia (Ndia), Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes), Esther Emanikor (Woman Rep, Turkana) and Gladys Shollei (Woman Rep, Uasin Gishu).Others were Purity Ngirici (Woman Rep, Kirinyaga), Sylvanus Maritim (Ainamoi) and Mary Seneta (Woman Rep, Kajiado).
“Those who want to put us in that debate should give us space and time to continue transforming Kenya,” Ruto explained, adding that the discussions on the Constitution were for politicians shopping for seats and power.